Definitions for scaffoldˈskæf əld, -oʊld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scaf•foldˈskæf əld, -oʊld(n.)

  1. a platform or framework for raising workers and materials during the erection, repair, or maintenance of a building or the like.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usu. by hanging.

  3. any raised platform or stage.

  4. any supporting framework.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. (v.t.)to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.

    Category: Building Trades

  6. to support by or place on a scaffold.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of scaffold:

1300–50; ME scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < OF escadafaut; akin to catafalque

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scaffold(noun)

    a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)

  2. scaffold(verb)

    a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers

  3. scaffold(verb)

    provide with a scaffold for support

    "scaffold the building before painting it"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scaffold(noun)ˈskæf əld, -oʊld

    a metal framework that allows builders to work on the outside of a building


  1. scaffold(Noun)

    A structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on while working on a building.

  2. scaffold(Noun)

    An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.

  3. scaffold(Verb)

    To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.

  4. Origin: scaffold, from scaffaldus, from eschaffaut, from scadafaltum, from ex- + *, from * + falco, a variant of balco, of origin, from balco, from balkô, from bhelg-. Akin to balco. More at catafalque, balcony, balk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scaffold(noun)

    a temporary structure of timber, boards, etc., for various purposes, as for supporting workmen and materials in building, for exhibiting a spectacle upon, for holding the spectators at a show, etc

  2. Scaffold(noun)

    specifically, a stage or elevated platform for the execution of a criminal; as, to die on the scaffold

  3. Scaffold(noun)

    an accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf, or dome-shaped obstruction, above the tuyeres in a blast furnace

  4. Scaffold(verb)

    to furnish or uphold with a scaffold


  1. Scaffold

    Scaffolding is a technique supported by some model-view-controller frameworks, in which the programmer may write a specification that describes how the application database may be used. The compiler uses this specification to generate code that the application can use to create, read, update and delete database entries, effectively treating the template as a "scaffold" on which to build a more powerful application. Scaffolding is an evolution of database code generators from earlier development environments, such as Oracle's CASE Generator, and many other 4GL client-server software development products. Scaffolding was popularized by the Ruby on Rails framework. It has been adapted to other software frameworks, including Django, Monorail, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Yii, CakePHP, Model-Glue, Grails, Catalyst, Seam Framework, Spring Roo, ASP.NET Dynamic Data and ASP.NET MVC Framework's Metadata Template Helpers.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A work of art that rarely fails to get a hanging.

Translations for scaffold

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a raised platform especially for use formerly when putting a criminal etc to death.

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